Retro cycling caps
Although vintage caps are wonderful conversation starters, they aren’t always for everyone! New, remodelled, remastered caps can be more accommodating as they’re made with modern-day materials that facilitate air-flow and the absorption of sweat.
You can get your hands on cycling caps displaying the brands of many vintage cycling team sponsors, thus celebrating the golden era of cycling with new material.
Here is a display of some very colourful retro cycling caps, including Mapei, Brooklyn, Panasonic, KAS, Saecco.
With the boom of fixie and track bike culture in the early 2000s, cycling caps have become an item of clothing you can wear at any time to show that you are into bikes. From this rise in popularity, Cinelli have brought out some crazy designs; most famously caps to commemorate Monster Track (A fixed gear racing event that happens in New York, with NO road closures - yes, you read that correctly)
One was also made for the European Cycling Messenger Championships (ECMC).
And even one for the Bicycle Film Festival.
As it became more acceptable to wear a cycling cap when not riding a bike, many brands began to produce their own - giving people the chance to support their favourite teams or companies, or even just customise their attire.
Most bicycle shops that sell, or produce bikes, will manufacture their own style of cap as a way for you to represent them. They’re a lightweight, practical and stylish accessory that every serious cyclist needs!
Functions of cycling caps
Cycling caps provide 2 primary functions: increasing your visibility and comfort. Here’s a few reasons why you should wear a cycling cap:
How do I wear a cycling cap?
Here’s an example of a retro cycling cap with the bill up.
Cycling caps are designed to go underneath your helmet without causing any sort of discomfort, but also adding a little flash of colour there too.
There has been a debate raging for years as to whether you should wear your cap with the bill turned up the way to reveal another logo, or keep it down. There is no right or wrong answer to this question as it’s personal preference. Bill up or bill down? It’s your call!